318 Matches for 'Peta'
Most Americans understand that PETA, with its lettuce bikinis and gross “unhappy meals” for kids, is a radical organization. Its president and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk has called pet ownership an “abysmal situation” and said, “Even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we’d be against it.” PETA also has killed 35,000 animals at its headquarters since 1998, according to animal custody records it files with the state of Virginia.
If a bunch of PETA employees went to work at a different animal rights group, would you expect this organization is just as radical?
Probably so. And that’s exactly the situation with the Humane Society of the United States. Consider that HSUS’s food policy director has trivialized the Holocaust by comparing modern farms to Nazi concentration camps. Meanwhile, HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle, who has said, “I don’t want to see another cat or dog born,” also once mused about a merger between HSUS and PETA.
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Last month, Harvard’s “animal law” program hosted a two-day event on the federal Animal Welfare Act whereby activist lawyers plotted how they would change the law so that they could start a deluge of litigation against animal owners. The Harvard program is run by a former PETA lawyer and a former litigator for the Animal Legal Defense Fund (more PETA lawyers, essentially), so its agenda is exactly what you’d expect: Using the legal system to push animal liberation. But there was one speaker who, at first glance, would seem out of place: Detroit Zoo CEO Ron Kagan.
It seems odd that a guy in charge of a zoo would show up to hobnob with radical activists who want to shut down these facilities. But after a little digging, it begins to make sense. The only mystery is why the Detroit Zoo’s board continues to keep him around.
The first thing you should know about Ron Kagan is that he’s a known liar. Kagan was docked pay in 2007 when it emerged that he had lied about receiving a Ph.D. from Hebrew University. The Detroit City Council—the city owns the zoo’s land and animals—gave the non-doctor a public vote of no confidence. Yet despite that flap, in recent years Kagan’s pay has skyrocketed. In 2014 he earned $767,000, a jump of 162% in just 3 years, and he even gets housing on the Detroit Zoo grounds. Keep in mind that taxpayers from this recently bankrupt city are supporting the zoo in part.
But more disturbingly, Kagan has chosen to ally himself with PETA. In a Tedx speech last year, Kagan calls PETA his “partner”:
You’ll notice here just a small handful of partners that we work with on lots of issues. PETA is one of them. If people who work in zoos and aquariums don’t define themselves as people for the ethical treatment of animals, who would? So we don’t view them as the enemy, we view them as partners.
PETA as a partner for zoos? PETA wants to shut down all zoos. PETA calls zoos “prisons” and claims zoos are a form of “slavery.” PETA would rather—by its own admission—see elephants killed than be cared for in a zoo, much as the group has killed 35,000 animals by its own hand. Kagan has also received a “Backbone Award” from PETA, which he boasts about in his LinkedIn profile.
Kagan’s also been an ally of PETA’s big brother, the Humane Society of the United States—even going against the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to do it. Kagan brought HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle out to Detroit in 2011 for a symposium, and HSUS gave Kagan a slot at its Taking Action for Animals conference the following year. Detroit Zoo also signed on to a petition, alongside HSUS and other radical groups, submitted to the USDA in 2013 to ban people from taking pictures with baby tigers or bear cubs. Not a single other zoo was a petitioner—in fact, the AZA has serious concerns about the petition.
At the Harvard law event last month, Kagan argued for enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act to move from the USDA to the Department of Justice. Think about that for a second. Instead of inspections and enforcement being done by USDA staff, does Kagan think they should be done by the FBI, US Marshals, or DEA? Does he want the Hostage Rescue Team to helicopter in armed with automatic rifles if a bonobo’s cage isn’t clean? We’re being a tad facetious, but the idea that we should move animal welfare enforcement to a more militaristic branch of the federal government ought to concern everyone, to say nothing of the wisdom of diverting resources that are better spent fighting drug cartels and terrorists.
At the end of the day, there are people who believe in zoos—that is, most of society—and a small band of radicals that wants to do away with our ability to have animals. It’s clear which side Kagan is on. The question is, will the zoo community leadership keep letting this fox in the henhouse?
Humane Society of the United States isn’t the only deceptively named animal rights group. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (which has the same radical animal liberation goals as HSUS) killed more than 2,324 cats and dogs in 2014 alone – an average of more than 6 per day – and an increase of 30 percent from 2013. This represents 88 percent of all pets PETA took into its shelter throughout the year.
To draw attention to PETA’s appalling record of euthanization and the alarming fact that 33,514 animals have died at the hands of PETA since 1998, Center for Consumer Freedom released a parody of the controversial Nationwide Insurance advertisement that aired during the Super Bowl.
This delusional animal rights group is talking out of both sides of its mouth – on one side preaching animal rights, while on the other signing a death warrant for 88 percent of cats and dogs in its care. PETA should be called a slaughterhouse, not an animal shelter.
PETA’s kill numbers come from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), which requires such annual disclosures to be made. Most animals don’t even get a chance: A 2010 inspection conducted by a VDACS veterinarian of animal custody records discovered that 84% of the animals PETA took in were killed within 24 hours.
Despite its $47 million budget, PETA fails to find homes for the van loads of animals it kills. PETA President Ingrid Newkirk previously indicated to The Virginian-Pilot that the animal rights group could stop killing pets. Of course, it would mean cutting down on press stunts and celebrity photo shoots: “We could become a no-kill shelter immediately. It means we wouldn’t do as much work.”
For more information, visit www.PETAKillsAnimals.com.
It seems that the owner of a vegetarian restaurant in Australia has taken his love of animals a little too far. The cleverly named Kingsland Vegetarian Restaurant was recently fined $16,000 for eight different food safety violations, including the presence of cockroaches. Khan Hoang, the restaurant’s owner, admitted that he was aware of the roach infestation, but failed to do anything about it because he was morally opposed to killing the bugs.
In order to have the restaurant reopened, Mr. Hoang relented and has since decided to regularly use a pest control team. Mr. Hoang’s actions may seem strange, but he would likely fit right in with radical animal rights groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) or the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Both set aside their dogmatic beliefs that animals are owed the same rights as humans when it is sufficiently inconvenient—even bugs.
These groups would sooner see a child die from cancer or AIDS than have a cure be developed through the use of animal testing. As Ingrid Newkirk, PETA’s president, infamously said, “even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we’d be against it.” While PETA may not want animals to be used for potentially life-saving drugs, the group is more than happy to kill animals itself instead of spending the resources to find them forever homes. (Those lettuce-bikini street stunts don’t pay for themselves, after all.)
PETA isn’t the only hypocritical animal rights organization. The vegan activist group HSUS also has no problem with animals being killed as long as it benefits the organization’s agenda of veganism. Perhaps the best example of this is California’s recently implemented Proposition 2. The ballot measure bans egg farmers from using conventional cages and was heavily financed by HSUS. A corresponding measure extended this requirement to all egg producers wishing to sell their products in the nation’s most populous state.
The law immediately caused egg prices to rise drastically—all part of HSUS’s plan. However, according to an agriculture economist at Iowa State University, the law could cause 40% of all hens in Iowa (the nation’s leading egg producer) to be killed. This is equivalent to 24 million hens. HSUS’ response? Silence.
So, the next time an animal rights activist tries to feed you a fundraising appeal, ask yourself if you can trust the kitchen it was cooked in.
See if you can name which organization promotes the following radical agenda. The group pushes not for animal welfare, but for animal “liberation.” This organization also believes that animals should never be eaten, advocates against the wearing of fur, fights use of animals for medical research, and thinks that animals should not be used in an entertainment setting (e.g. a circus, zoo, or aquarium). Is it People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), or is it the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)?
Trick question: It’s both.
PETA is infamous for the over-the-top and offensive tactics it uses to promote its agenda, while HSUS takes a more muted tone in pushing for animal rights. However, HSUS occasionally shows its true intentions—like when Wayne Pacelle, the organization’s executive director says things like he never wants to see another dog or cat born or “I don’t love animals or think they are cute.”
Not only do HSUS and PETA share the same mission—even if HSUS has a different, more-clothed means to the end—but in many cases they have also had the same personnel.
So, HSUS may look moderate when compared to more blatantly radical groups like PETA, but that’s all part of the groups’ plans. As Michael Specter noted in The New Yorker, any successful protest movement needs a radical figure to draw scrutiny away from, and add legitimacy to, the movement’s supposedly less radical factions. He specifically notes PETA as that element to make HSUS look moderate.
But paying closer attention, one doesn’t have to look hard to see that PETA seems to be little more than a training ground for HSUS. Once new recruits have finished their time in the field, they’re ready for their next role—like Matt Prescott, an HSUS campaigner who was a longtime PETA activist (he created a PETA campaign comparing farmers to Nazis); Kristie Middleton, a former PETA “lettuce lady”; or Anna West, a former special assistant to PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk who now does communications for HSUS. (West was “occasionally arrested” for her activism.)
HSUS spends a lot of time and money on its carefully branded image, and probably doesn’t appreciate the comparisons to its more bombastic cousin PETA–but if the pleather shoe fits…
The Humane Society of the United States markets itself as a moderate, cat-and-dog group, but it only spends 1% of the money it raises on pet shelters. Far from its crafted image as a mainstream group, HSUS is run by fanatical animal liberation activists—a number of whom have ties to the radical, pet-killing People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
The latest link between HSUS and PETA is a marriage.
HSUS senior puppy mills campaign director Dale Bartlett is married to PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman, who has been with PETA for over 20 years. Reiman is a longtime spokeswoman, flacking for anti-fishing and lobster liberation campaigns, and has accumulated an impressive arrest record with PETA over the years: in 1992, in 1993, in 1994, in 1997, in 2001, and in 2014. (We may be missing a few, but you get the picture.) “Being arrested is a good way to open the eyes of the people,” she has said. She has also remarked, “Rats are actually very nice. People have made them out to be much worse than they are.” (The alleyway next to our office building has a few. Swing by any time…)
HSUS’s Bartlett and PETA’s Reiman live in southern California, where their respective organizations have offices that target Hollywood celebrities. In fact, PETA communications director Michelle Cho recently jumped ship to become vice president of HSUS’s Los Angeles office. She’s just the latest in a list of PETA alumni at HSUS.
The next time HSUS acts as if it’s a different animal than the PETA wingnuts, remember that HSUS is wedded to PETA. We can only imagine the pillow talk.
Before we launched this website regarding the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), we exposed the tactics and agenda of another animal liberation group: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). There’s a lot in common between PETA and HSUS in terms of their goals, though the tactics often differ. PETA sends half-naked women out in the cold, while HSUS activists wear suits.
One particularly disturbing PETA tactic is targeting kids. Last Thanksgiving, PETA created an ad that, when viewed by those of a child’s height, showed a bloody image of a mom killing a turkey. This is nothing new. Our report “Your Kids, PETA’s Pawns” documents the variety of intolerable ways that PETA targets children.
HSUS also targets kids. The organization has long produced a magazine called “KIND News,” which it ships to classrooms. And now it is expanding its child-targeted propaganda by issuing a “public service announcement” to schools across the country.
HSUS wants to promote “Meatless Monday,” a campaign started about 10 years ago with funding from a wealthy New York socialite with ties to animal-rights campaigns. HSUS, of course, wants people to go meatless every day of the week—as well as cheese-less, milk-less, ice cream-less, butter-less, and so on. But asking for one day is a “softer” ask.
From what we’ve seen, “Meatless Monday” has had a number of people or organizations say they’ll take part—but then have (with much less fanfare) given it up. The Animal Ag Alliance called up 155 colleges and universities listed as pledges, and 43% either stopped participating or never did in the first place.
Meatless Monday is the animal liberation movement’s sneak attack on bacon. Its premises and arguments are shoddy. And now, the movement is targeting impressionable kids who may not be savvy enough to know how to look up all the facts. In expanding its campaign targeting children, HSUS has chosen the low road.
Clippings culled from all over the electronic news world. (E-mail submissions for next time.)
- Are you unknowingly supporting the Humane Society of the U.S.? We published an op-ed this week that we hope will make people think again.
- Bruce Friedrich says Congressman Steve King “hates the constitution.” Judging by Bruce’s constitutional beliefs, we’ll take his legal opinion with a grain of salt.
- HSUS co-founds a lobby coalition to target pet stores in Connecticut.
- HSUS’ campaign against bear hunting has this Mainer P.O.’ed.
- HSUS targets the circus over elephant guide tools. You’d think animal rights activists would be a little gun-shy.
- Featured Shelter: Heartland Humane Society (Donate. Volunteer. Adopt.)